Ragnarok Online Coming to DS

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International PC MMORPG sensation Ragnarok Online is now in development for the DS, with XSEED Games today announcing plans to publish the title in North America this winter. But before you get your hopes up too much, Ragnarok Online DS is NOT an MMORPG. It’s a more condensed RPG adventure that will allow up to three players to hook up wirelessly and brave the 50+ randomly generated floors of the Tower of Mirages together, leveling up, collecting rare loot and customizing their characters along the way. Although set in the same world as the PC game, the DS version will tell a new storyline and feature new jobs.

”We could not be more pleased to be involved in bringing such a well-known and beloved series on the PC to a handheld platform,” said Jun Iwasaki, President of XSEED Games. “Ragnarok Online DS stays true to the original while adding elements to optimize the experience on the Nintendo DS.”

What worries me is XSEED’s lack of clarification on the wireless functionality. Is it going to be local wireless only or will it also be Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection compliant for true online play? The press release doesn’t specify, which has me worried it may go the way of the Monster Hunter Freedom PSP games and be local wireless only, despite the “Online” in the game’s title.

I’ve reached out to XSEED for clarification on this and will update if/when I hear back. In the meantime, feel free to browse through the first screenshots and concept art in the gallery below.

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